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Summer is here, which usually means spending more money… Therefore it might be a good idea to check out these ideas to save some money.

Canada 150

It might be a good idea to get a Discovery pass. Canada celebrates its 150th birthday together with you by giving out the Discovery passes. With these passes you can enter several national heritage sites and national parks in Canada such as Fort Langley and Kicking Horse Pass without paying any admissions. You can either order these passes online or visit one of Parks Canada’s partners. For example, you could go to Mountain Equipment Co-op in Vancouver to get your Discovery Pass.

If you are planning on doing a roadtrip to one of the national parks in Canada, then you only need to have one Discovery Pass per vehicle. Parks in BC include: Glacier National Park, Gulf Islands National Park, Gwaii Haanas National Park, Pacific Rim National Park, Mount Revelstoke National Park and Yoho National Park. There are also several other free events taking place in this year because of Canada’s 150th birthday, so you should definitely check it out!

When you rather go on an adventure in Vancouver, then you can try out Geocaching. When you’re playing Geocaching you are on a treasure hunt for hidden objects. These objects can be anywhere throughout the city, so it might be that there is one close to you right now! Geocaching gives you the opportunity to explore Vancouver in a different way and to discover new places, so it is a great option when you already saw all the normal tourist attractions in Vancouver.

Good luck on your new adventures! I hope this all will help you to save money, because you will definitely need it for the Rockies trip!

– Iris

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 6N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

 

INTERNeX Goes Rockies Summer 2013 Edition: More info!

The first week of July is almost gone.. This means, we have just 4 more weeks until the big Rocky Mountains trip!

We will be going to the Rockies during the long weekend of August. We are leaving on Friday August 2nd and we will arrive back in Vancouver on August 5th at night.

We will go with the party bus.. This means that there is free champagne for the girls onboard! We will leave Vancouver around 7am on friday morning. After the bus departed we will make stops in Hope and Kamloops. Our first night will be in Valemount.

The next day we will travel to the popular Rockies resort: Banff, in Alberta. During this day we make stops at Jasper, Athabasca Falls, Mt. Robson and the famous Columbia Icefields. After a long day of sightseeing we have entrance to the best party places in Banff! 

The next morning we will have a walk through the city of Banff. After that we checkout en go too the famous and spectacular Lake Louise. If you want you can rent a canoe or walk around the lake. If you like Lake Louise, you will definitely like Lake Moraine. This light blue colored lake is stunning for everybody. From here we will continue our journey through the Rockies to the city of Golden.

After a good night of sleep we will have a breakfast together. Today we will drive back to Vancouver but first we will drive through lots of National Parks. We make stops at awesome places and around 7:30 we will be back in Vancouver after 4 days of FUN.

The whole itinerary can be found on this website: http://www.westtrek.com/tours/rocky-mountains/the-canadian-summer

These are some of the key information of this trip:

  •  4 days/3 nights from August 2 -5
  • We will be going to places like Valemont, Banff, Lake Louise, Golden, Johnston Canyon, National Parks and MORE
  • On top of every thing we get to do (all the sightseeing, activities) there will be awesome things to do at night like clubbing to campfire party!

For INTERNeX members it is just $355 and for friends of INTERNeX  members: $365. This price includes the whole tour with an awesome guide, ALL transportation in a deluxe coach bus, park fees & tips, 2 breakfasts, 2 Canadian BBQ dinners FREE entrance to club, and a End of tour PARTY at Camp West Trek!

You MUST come by the INTERNeX Office to pay, or give them to me personally during pub nights (cash only).
If you have more questions or concerns, ask me during our pub nights or at our other weekly activities. Other option is to come by to our office!
Hope you all can make it, it’s going to be amazing! Have a great weekend!

Cheers,

Jelle

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Rocky Mountains August Trip!!

Today we can announce to you that we will go Rockies in August 2013!
Never been to the Rockies? It’s one of the must-do’s being in Canada.

This will be your special opportunity to go with us on this awesome and fun trip through Westtrek tours! It’s going to be a amazing experience, with lot’s to do and to see! On this overnight trip we will visit places like Banff, Jasper, the National Parks, Lake Louise, Johnston Canyon, and so much more!

  • When: August 2-5 (long weekend)

More details & information are following soon, keep an eye on our Facebook and blog!

Cheers.

Jelle

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Explorer: The Rocky Mountains -Part 2

800px-Banff_from_Sulphur_Mtn_2005Only two weeks left until we depart Vancouver to start our epic journey into the Canadian Rockies! Last time, we learned a little bit about Valemount, BC where we will be staying on the first day. The second day, we will be staying in Banff!

This town is located in Canada’s first and the world’s third national park, Banff National Park, established in 1887. Banff is also Canada’s oldest national park. And as you might have guessed, Banff also played a major role in the Canadian Pacific Railway construction. See the connection here?

And in 1884, George Stephen, the president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, named Banff after his hometown in Scotland. Another noteworthy person from Banff is Norma Luxton. He improved the town of Banff, formed Crag and Canyon newspaper,  built the King Edward Hotel, as well as the Lux Theatre.

Some more interesting facts about Banff:

  • Banff is located at an elevation of 4,537 feet (1,383 metres) making it the highest town in Canada
  • Banff National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a United nations designation which helps protect over 20,000 square kilometres (7,700 square miles) of the Canadian Rocky Mountains
  • The highest mountain in Banff National Park is Mt. Forbes which stands at 11,850 feet (3,612 metres)
  • Mountains in Banff National Park are 45 to 120 million years old
  • Banff National Park has in excess of 1,000 glaciers

Can’t wait to visit this place in just two weeks! Remember, the last day to register for this awesome trip is next Monday March 18th! Find me at our pub night or event this weekend or come by the office sometime this week 😉

Cheers,

Flora

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Spend Easter Weekend In The Rocky Mountains!

Today is officially March 1st and yes another month closer to Spring! This means, we have just 3 more weeks or so until the Rocky Mountains trip!!!

Euro kidsWe will be going to the Rockies during the long weekend for Easter holiday, leaving on Friday March 29 and arriving Monday April 1st evening!

BUT this year’s trip will be a little different from the previous time in terms of the trip route! Which means you will get to see and do A LOT more! On the first day, we will be going from Vancouver to Valemont instead of Golden! But we will also stay in Golden during the third night! Lucky us 😉

So here are some of the key information about the trip that you might be wondering:

  •  4 days/3 nights from March 29 – April 1
  • We will be going to places like Valemont, Banff, Lake Louise, Golden, Johnston Canyon, National Parks and MORE
  • On top of every thing we get to do (all the sightseeing, activities) there will be awesome things to do at night like clubbing to campfire party!
  • Hot Springs, Gondola, cross country skiing!

INTERNeX members it is just $320 and for friends of INTERNeX  members: $330 includes DELUXE tour, ALL transportation, park fees & tips, 2 breakfasts, FREE entrance to club, and so much more. Awesome deal!IMG_6647

**DEADLINE TO SIGN UP: Monday March 18th 5:00 pm, You MUST come by the Office or give them to me personally during pub nights (cash only).

If you have more questions or concerns, ask me during pub nights or at our weekly activities. Or come by our office! Also, later this month, Westtrek will be coming out to one of our pub nights to give away discounts towards the trip, so make sure you keep an eye out!!

Hope you all can make it, it’s going to be so much fun! You won’t be regretting it 😉

Cheers,

Flora

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Rocky Mountains Trip!

Time is flying by and there is less than one month to our Rockies trip on November 9-12. I want to tell you about how amazing it is and try to tempt you to come join us for one of the craziest weekend of your life!

Escape rainy Vancouver for a weekend with us in the beautiful Rocky Mountain Range that stretches from the New Mexico in the United States to British Columbia and Alberta, Canada. It rises to over 14,000 feet into the sky, and we will be hiking one of the national parks that protect the beautiful wildlife! Where else can you have a real Canadian experience and meet tons of amazing people at the same time?

For just being a INTERNeX candidate, you are getting a discounted price of only $315 ($20 off the regular price)! If you bring a friend, you’ll even get another $5 off and end up paying as little as $310! Sign up here.

You will get to spend 4 days amidst the majestic beauty of Canada’s National Parks, including 3 nights hotel accommodation (1 night right in Banff), transportation in a deluxe coach, 2 meals, all tips, taxes and park fees, entrance to nightclubs and discounts on optional activities. A SUPER FUN tour guide will be showing us around, so you won’t get lost for sure! There is no need to worry about planning anything, we’ve got it covered!

Not only will you be experience some of the most stunning mountains, glaciers, water falls, lakes and canyons, you will be treated to the experience of partying with the West Trek crew. From what I’ve heard about the past trips, they definitely know how to put on a good party.

Just check out the video below!

 

Cheers,

Queenie

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com/
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Fun facts about Canadian National Parks

You might have noticed in my last “fun facts” post (it was about beer) that I love writing about stuff I personally like, things I am passionate about or experiences that I have made myself. For me it would be weird to tell you all these stories that I as the author can’t connect to.

Are you ready for some more knowledge? 🙂 Keep on reading then. In my undergraduate thesis in Tourism Management I took a closer look at sustainable vs. commercial tourism development in Canada’s protected areas. So this week, I would like to share some facts and thoughts on Canadian National Parks and why we should care about them.

In the very beginning of the evolution of National Parks in North America – the first one was Yellowstone NP in 1872 -, the only reason to protect these “areas of significant natural beauty” was to create destinations “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people”. In other words: National Parks back then were meant to be used as playgrounds for the growing masses of people that had the money to go on a big trip to the newly created parks. As tourist numbers grew like crazy, the awareness about inherent dangers of this development increased simultaneously. After massive environmental movements in the 70s and 80s, the actual protection of natural resources in the parks finally became the number one priority for the people who were in charge of the parks. For Canada, this is a governmental agency called Parks Canada which currently takes care of the 42 (!) existing National Parks and other protected areas as well as the establishment of new parks all over the country. The first National Park in Canada is still its most famous one: Banff NP.

It was created in 1885 after the hot springs were discovered – a perfect attraction for tourists, right? Railroad construction and the Trans Canada Highway literally paved the way for a history of intense tourism development within the boundaries of an ecologically highly sensitive area. Hotels, restaurants, golf courses, two ski hills, shopping and souvenir shops are the result but also the reason why Banff gained the status it has today. Each year, up to 5 million visitors come to see the natural wonders of the park and enjoy the amenities of Banff townsite. It was only in the late 80s when Parks Canada decided to focus on ecological integrity instead of further commercialization and tried to make up for the mistakes that had been made so far. Right now, Banff NP is in a state of recovery but still, the natural system has been highly disturbed already. Their new aim is to re-connect people with the parks and develop true appreciation, for example by new but low-impact recreational activities like zip-lines or via ferrata.

You might say “Okay, fair enough but why do I have to deal with it now?”. For you, this means that you play a major part in the way these National Parks develop in the future and you also determine if the generations after us will still get to stare at glaciers in awe, take a dip in clean mountain lakes and hike through seemingly untouched land. All you have to do is learning more about the parks and about your own impact on the environment, talking about it, getting active and acting respectfully. It must sound like I’m a “green” person – I am not and will never really be I think. I do care though (for example by writing this little blog post here) and this is everything that really matters to the parks in the end.

Here are some websites you might wanna check out if you’re interested:

CPAWS

Parks Canada

Nature Canada

What is your opinion on this topic? Any experiences in the parks you would like to share with us?

Take care,

Marianne

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com